His family was hoping against all hope that 24 year old Corwin Mendoza, who was reported missing since Sunday evening, would turn up alive despite all evidence suggesting otherwise. But on Wednesday, some minutes before 10:00 am, his decomposing body was found floating in the Belize River about a mile from the Guanacaste Park Area.
Plus News went along with first responders to bring you on sight footage, however we ran into some mishap as we were given the old run around by authorities of the law.
We finally caught up with the family at the edge of the Banana Bank Resort where the body was to be processed. There we spoke with Eduardo Baptist, uncle of Corwin Mendoza. He joined the search party on Tuesday and was the first to spot the body about a mile from the Guanacaste Park
“We did a river search from the Hammock Bridge, and the plan was to take it all the way to Never Delay, but we only travelled like this about a half a mile or something like that.
We came across the body, and after we inspected it, it was Corwin.
The position that he was in, we didn’t see much of him. All that we saw was the back portion up in the shoulder piece, because he was face down and that’s what we see. It look like he got some bruises, but we no get want close look to see him out of the water.”
We were not allowed to get too close to where the body was, but one family member reports seeing at least three deep stab wounds to the back.
The family, though still in a state of grief, say that they are happy to finally have some closure after these past three days of torment.
“I think the family is happy that, at least, we bring it to a close. We found the body. That is the main thing, that everybody prayed for.
I feel happy, and I’m also glad I was a part of the group that found him.
We were determined to get this thing over with. We never really overlooked nothing. We tried everything, and finally we found him.”
The decomposed state of the body called for an onsite post mortem. Dr. Mario Estradaban and the team of coroners arrived at the Banana Bank Resort Area at around 3:30 pm on Wednesday. A sharp knife like object is suspected to be the murder weapon but the coroners have yet to certify the cause of death.
As was previously reported, on Sunday November 9th Corwin Mendoza had a misunderstanding with his common-law-wife which led to an altercation between him and two relatives of his common-law-wife.
Those two relatives of his wife were placed in police custody after an anonymous phone call on Monday alerted police of the possibility that Mr Corwin was murdered and his body thrown in the nearby creek of Roaring Creek Village.
The two men, Colin Richards and Micheal Broaster, have since been charged for his murder. Superintendent Gillett tells us more.
“We were putting together all the evidence there is, and we had intention to charge without finding a body. But sometime after 10 today we got a call from somebody who was searching in that area, and they said they spotted something resembling a body.
We immediately went in the area and we realised that it was indeed his body.
Two persons has just been charged a few monents ago, and those persons are Collin Richards and Michael Broaster, both of Roaring Creek Village in the Cayo district. They have been charged so far with one count each of murder, but we could expect that other charges will preferred at a later date.
All the evidence that we have, thus far, is indicating that those were the two persons who I mentioned to one of the media houses were involved in the fight with Mister Mendoza. And for the record, what we have gathered so far is that Mister Mendoza, the now deceased, was involved in an altercation with his estranged common-law wife. That was when others intervened, and he met his death during that process.”
Colin Richard and Micheal Broaster, both of Roaring Creek Village, will be spending the next three months at Hattiville prison until their next court date set for Febuary 10th.
Late Wednesday evening, police said that Corwin’s death was a cruel one as he died of drowning. He was still alive after they stabbed him and threw him in the creek.
The post mortem result says that his drowning was due to head trauma and multiple stab wounds.